Everybody seems to be tweeting / posting / complaining about Google Reader today. In case you missed it, Google Reader is shutting down and you have 4 months to find a new home for your RSS feeds.
I moved off Google Reader a couple of years ago and I’m really happy with my RSS Reader, so I figured I’d let you in my little secret: it’s called Fever, and it’s hot!
Beware though: this tool is meant to be installed on your own server, and can eat up quite a bit of resources. The database can also get quite large if you add many feeds. It’s also not free, but it’s 30 well-spent dollars in my opinion.
While there are many other RSS readers out there, Fever does one thing that the others don’t: it curates the news for you, offering you 2 different ways to consume content:
- You can go through all your Unread RSS feed items, one at a time, like you would have done with Google Reader. Fever includes different views, keyboard shortcuts, sharing features, much like Google Reader. That’s the classic way.
- Fever also goes through all your RSS feeds and gathers the news that have been reported by more than one news source. You are then able to view the most popular news today, in the past few days, weeks, or in the past month.
Fever reads your feeds and picks out the most frequently talked about links from a customizable time period. Unlike traditional aggregators, Fever works better the more feeds you follow.
Here is a quick overview of my Fever installation. The “Hot” tab includes the curated content, while the other menu items are my Feed groups. The last 2 menu items are “Sparks” (feeds that I don’t read but that contribute to improve the curation), and “Saved”, a list of my favourite RSS feed items.
You can also see the different views: including Unread items, including links to all my feeds, collapsed Feed items and expanded ones.
Once you have installed Fever, you will want to start by adding more feeds. The more feeds you have, the more accurate Fever will be. Since you don’t have to read all your feeds anymore, you can add as many as you want.
You can then go to Preferences to adjust your Reader settings.
It also includes an API that allows you to use apps like Reeder on your iOS device. And you can use the app on your mobile since it has a responsive design!
Not ready for a self-hosted RSS Reader yet?
If this RSS reader is not for you, I would recommend that you look at the WordPress.com Reader. It’s simple to use, and integrates the most popular WordPress.com features.